Jersey Boys Reviews

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August 30, 2019
Clint Eastwood's cinematic treatment of musical Jersey Boys plays it safe in nearly every possible regard.
August 16, 2019
This well-crafted screen adaptation is not about to let the hits (Sherry, Oh What a Night, Big Girls Don't Cry etc.) do all the heavy lifting, allowing the storytelling to get off lightly.
August 8, 2019
Jersey Boys is almost frustrating in a way. The entire time we are aching for the film to wow us. Sadly, it never really does.
June 14, 2019
Yes, there's no Eastwood stamp stylistically, but he directs superb performances from the central quartet - and commendably without a whiff of jazz hands.
March 26, 2019
A largely dull music industry saga, more TV movie than vibrant celebration of American youth culture.
March 5, 2019
The four protagonists, led by Young... simply shine. They create spot-on covers of the original songs and there is no denying their musical nous, harmonious singing voices and energy of their performances.
January 31, 2019
Eastwood's Jersey Boys has its flaws... But, there's still the music.
January 24, 2019
Young reprises his Broadway role and is adequate, but like the rest of the film it's a performance that never quite provides an emotional investment for the audience.
November 3, 2018
The music is great and there are even a few goose-bump moments when Frankie teams up with his writing partner and they try out a new hit. Nevertheless, when the music isn't playing, the film is nothing more than a cursory timeline of the group.
August 31, 2018
Sinks as if it had concrete blocks tied to its windpipes.
August 28, 2018
The cast makes the most of every musical moment, singing their hearts out while doing a dance line number that the Four Seasons never actually used but should have; its powerful stuff, not just in terms of nostalgia, it's kinda sexy.
May 14, 2018
What's interesting is how Eastwood breaks with genre conventions and reinvents the musical as a character study, placing the emotional drama at the forefront, with the songs almost coming as a by-product.
November 8, 2017
The most likeable element in the film is not the people but the earworm-quality songs which, even after all this time, sound fresh and irresistibly catchy. You will hum Sherry for hours after the credits roll.
September 12, 2017
Large sections of the storytelling feel inert, and some key moments get short shrift.
March 7, 2017
[Eastwood] displays his strong suits: music, drama and evocative cinematography.
June 14, 2016
Like 'Saturday Night Fever,' 'Jersey Boys' is also about four Italian-American youths from the outer boroughs. Both films have hits that are still in America's jukeboxes.
June 7, 2016
For a movie about the Four Seasons, this sure lacks spring.
April 18, 2016
If you're a die-hard Four Seasons fan, your only complaint about Jersey Boys will be that Clint Eastwood couldn't stuff every last hit song in. But it wasn't for lack of trying - and face it, you've still got those old records at home anyway.
April 14, 2016
Whether or not viewers respond to Eastwood's vision, that it's so clearly his is a victory in itself.
December 31, 2015
A scattered, haphazard, thoroughly confused film that can't figure out if it's meant to be a winningly cutesy musical or a gritty narrative about life in crime-ridden 1950s New Jersey.
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